Dave_the_Proc

Dave_the_Proc

  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Where's that English for Time Travellers when I need it? Book two or three of Hitch Hikers, if I recall correctly....
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Shhhhhh! Don't tell them or everyone will be doing it!...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Key realization: The characters should drive the plot/narrative, not the other way around. (While remembering that characters are themselves at least partly defined by setting.)...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    @Charlie: Somewhat of an aside and apropos of nothing in this thread (other than the ongoing intersection of your work and what we charitably continue to call "real life"); has anyone drawn you attention to promonent mention of your old...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    the people who were trying to do a very difficult job, handicapped by inappropriate legislation and bureaucracy, and with grossly inadequate resources This! Exactly and precisely this. I feel that Fletcher Christian has fallen for the media caricature (or perhaps...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    newbies and amateurs are likely to do a better job if they know that fucking up has consequences for them Rather baffled in how you think this works. Are you also magically assigning hundreds of extra case workers and a...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Also re Pratchett and Adams: Reading interviews with them and those closest to them as writers, one gets the impression that Sir Terry loved the process of taking an idea and forming it into a story (I believe he said:...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Agreed! (I'm paraphrasing terribly from statements by Charlie about his own early writing attempts -- original quotes may be somewhere in his "How I Got Here In the End" essays.)...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    To me it felt closer to point #1, as Charlie's "novel shaped objects" weren't even usable as first drafts (in his opinion). But I can see why it could also be an example of point #5, if the work was...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Point #1 on your list, and RDSouth's post, make me think of Charlie's statement about writing several "novel shaped objects", before producing anything that was ready for public consumption....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    One last time, with feeling: My comments are solely with regard to the content and editorial slant of the Daily Mail, not its readership. I am (right or wrong) making the assumption that the general level of intelligence of the...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    What I'm doing is citicising the editorial style of a newspaper that has a long tradition of promoting really nasty ideology in a very subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) way. What you're doing is putting words in my mouth,...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Ooof! A remarkable troll-fail there, Dirk. And clumsy with it too! Tsk. Tsk. (I am sure that you are smart enough to spot the difference between what I actually wrote, and the words you're trying to put in my mouth.)...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    On the topic of the Daily Heil: I believe it was Charlie who provided an excellent deconstruction and analysis of exactly how they slip racism, bigotry, xenophobia, or other deep unpleasantness into otherwise seemingly rational and well written articles, through...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    And if you think that your USican interlocutors are the nadir of idiocy in the "Brits out of Ireland" slanging match: It's fairly easy to find graffiti in NI that proudly proclaims "Irish Out!", and not much more effort to...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    The last time I received a "your pc has a virus" call, I managed to spin the suspiciously Indian-accented "Peter" along for nearly ten minutes, predicting his script and providing leading answers (even though I was no where near a...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    To misquote appropriately: "I'm a bot, and so's my wife!" (Hey, always look on the bright side, eh?)...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    PS: Apologies to Hugh for derailing the thread on his post -- I've thoroughly enjoyed everything that he's put up on Charlie's blog and am always happy when I see a new post with his by-line. I just don't have...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    (and Dirk @136) Note: This is my last post on the topic of CD/HB; I'm sure the mods, regular commenters, Charlie, OP, and others are less than interested, and I do dislike discussing someone when they're not "present" to respond...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    The claim was made that the name was deliberately picked to provide no search matches to anything could be linked to the actual person (people?) behind the ID (I have trimmed the quasi-mystical techno-woo that this claim was originally couched...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    Nah. I gave up duelling some time ago. Too heavy on the paperwork. (Quote is intended to highlight HB's use of language to subtly, and also overtly, reinforce the perceived superiority of the poster in others minds.)...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    When I read HB's posts, I often find these words worth pondering: Suddenly another voice spoke, low and melodious, its very sound an enchantment. Those who listened unwarily to that voice could seldom report the words that they heard; and...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Or it could suggest that such a joke it never was. "The lady doth protest too much"?...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Ta. From the abstract (and skimming a little into the paper, 212 pages is a bit much to digest immediately!) this seems to offer more support to the idea that there's little real difference in the fundamental maths skills of...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Not even sure where to start with this, it's certainly an interesting debate technique: double down on the original premise (careful to appeal to authority but provide no actual links or references); amp up the condescension; try a novel mixture...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    There are fundamental differences in the distribution of skills within the sexes This is one of those unseen prejudices, and it's quite insidious. It diverts girls away from STEM subjects long before any rational considerations such as pay or career...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    The joke itself isn't actually a joke (or at least, it is, but only in a highly context sensitive way). The whole comment is an (admittedly poor, but layered) meta-joke about Greg and you not "getting" each other. Perhaps would...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Q: What do you call an Irishman up a flag pole? A: Jim. If you don't get it, I feel a little sorry for you. (Hint: Try googling. Be prepared to dig.) Not using the M-word! *snort*...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Full sympathies for the politics. My only consolation where I am is that the local nutbags have little real power....
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Your full sentence: No, that's only what you people with what I call the Blair syndrome do. So while I agree with you that Pigeon was generalising, you then undercut your own argument by tagging a little sting-in-the-tail ad hominem...
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